My lovely guest-poster Jane of Deluminators is back with another great travel piece – this time about visiting somewhere new and how not to loose your shit once you get there. Read on to hear her pattern for how best to navigate a new city for the best results (and check out these past posts for more travel tips!)

– Rae

It can be kind of overwhelming when you visit somewhere new, and you don’t know where to start to take it all in. I’ve kind of developed a pattern in what I like to do when I visit a new city – it’s usually some combination of the below.

1. A walking tour

I love a walking tour for seeing the city. I usually do one as my first activity in a new place. They’re good for a number of reasons – you can get oriented to the layout of the city, you get the history of important sites explained, you can get tips from your guide, and you can meet other visitors. Many bigger cities have “free” walking tours, where you pay what you think the tour was worth.

Exploring a New City - Guest poster: Jane of Deluminators - for lovefromberlin.net

2. Museums

It may be because I’m a huge nerd, but I love visiting museums in each city I go to. My favourite ones are the modern art museums and history/culture museums. Of course, there are museums you can’t leave a city without visiting, like the British Museum or Egyptian Museum.

Exploring a New City - Guest poster: Jane of Deluminators - for lovefromberlin.net

3. Vantage point

Absolutely one of my favourite things to do in a new city. There’s something exhilarating about seeing a place from above. One of my most Googled phrases when travelling is “best view of [insert city name]”, but it’s even better when you accidentally stumble across one. Some of my favourite ones are here, but the list is in need of an update.

Exploring a New City - Guest poster: Jane of Deluminators - for lovefromberlin.net

4. Traditional food

I love a trendy burger, but I want to try some traditionally local food as well. This may or may not be at a restaurant that’s rated highly on Tripadvisor and thus crammed with foreigners, but seeing as I’m one of them I’m not about to get haughty about it. I like asking the walking tour guide (if I’ve been on one) for tips on where to go.

Exploring a New City - Guest poster: Jane of Deluminators - for lovefromberlin.net

5. The old town

If the city has an “old town”, I’m there. I love the older parts of cities, especially in Europe, as they generally involve cobblestones and laneways and beautiful buildings. Cameras out!

Exploring a New City - Guest poster: Jane of Deluminators - for lovefromberlin.net

6. Getting lost

Sometimes it pays off to just wonder around, turn down interesting streets and see what you bump into. Some people don’t see a point in doing that, but I just sling my camera over my shoulder (as long as it’s safe to do so) and let that lead me, because I’m that person taking photos of random doors. Just make sure you’re not wandering into any areas that are too dodgy.

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Jane

Jane is a junior doctor from Sydney who blogs at Deluminators. She loves travelling, food, clothes, and spending entire afternoons reading. Her favourite hobby is to photograph and blog about the above.

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  • Amy-Anne Williams

    This is such a cute post filled with some super good ideas. Especially getting lost, that’s one of the best things!

    Amy;
    Little Moon Elephant

    • Glad you liked it Amy! I used to hate being lost but sometimes you stumble across the best things unexpectedly.

      Jane / deluminators

  • This was such a lovely read from Jane! Great tips that I can totally agree with.

    Hugs & Hope you have a great week!
    Hannie from Missing Wanderer

  • Great tips! Old towns, walking tours, and high ground are all on my priority list, as well as seeking out bodies of water. There is usually some interesting stuff to see around riverbanks and coasts.

    • Yes! I usually like to find the river, or the harbour of the city as well.

  • I love that you two ladies collaborated, so awesome to see Jane here and what a great guide this is!

    • Thanks Corina, liked you liked it :)

  • Jane wrote so many good ideas here! I think the most important one is getting lost, with that moments sometimes you get to really know the city

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  • I read Jane’s blog and she always has great tips! I need to start doing walking tours on the cities that I visit.

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    • I find they’re a good introduction to cities, especially on the history and politics of the place!

      Jane / deluminators

  • Walks are such a great way to experience a city! And public transportation is too! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    • That’s true actually! it’s interesting to see all the types of people on a metro system for example.

  • yes to walking and vantage point! also ask locals for the ‘it’ places where only locals go. most of the time they’re hidden gems.

    • Yeah it is nice to find a place the people of the city actually go to!

  • I agree with these tips! Which is why whenever I travel, I just try to enjoy walking around, looking for good cuisines, and getting lost — that’s mostly just part of it! It makes the experience even more enjoyable. Although, there’s nothing really wrong in having a set itinerary. I just think it’s fun to explore more on your own! :)

    Mimi | Chasing Bleu

    • Very true! I’m a bit of an overplanner so generally I have an itinerary, but I always like to leave time to just wander.

      Jane / deluminators

  • Sinéad Danielle ✿

    Beautiful visuals and great tips! The vantage point idea is so true, it’s not only a great photo op but helps orient yourself too! I always always do a walking tour, sometimes I use the guided ‘free’ ones like you mentioned or just print one off from online!

    Sinéad ♥ fabuleuse, toujours ♥

  • Sophie Lee

    Nice tips to explore a new city, thanks for sharing <3

    xoxo, Cool men style